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Finding Strength When We Think We Have None

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Finding Strength When We Think We Have None

So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep (1 Samuel 30:3-4 NKJV)

David and his mighty men returned to their camp to find their enemy had burned the city and taken their women and children. David and his men wept until they couldn’t weep anymore. Have you ever done that—cried until there were no more tears? David’s men were so grief-stricken, they turned their anger and pain toward him. In the midst of their anxiety, they talked of stoning David.

How do we find strength when we think there is nothing left?

One of my favorite writers, Corrie ten Boom said, “Papa, I don’t think I have the faith to handle real trouble. I don’t know what I’d do if you should die. I don’t think I have the faith that some people have to face trouble.”[1] To which her father replied, “When your father says he will send you to the store tomorrow, does he give the money to you today? No, he gives it to you when you are ready to go to the store.” She lost her father and all of her family because they hid Jews during the Holocaust.

God doesn’t give us the grace until we need it. The harder we are pressed, the more we experience His grace. Everyone around David seemed to be falling apart, but David fell into the arms of God. He knew how to strengthen himself in the Lord.

How do we strengthen ourselves? When life seems to be crumbling down around us, how do we reach down and find the strength we need?

  1. Sometimes we find strength in ourselves.
  2. Sometimes we find strength in our friends.
  3. Sometimes we find strength in our work.
  4. Every time we find strength, it is in God alone.

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Finding Strength When We Think We Have None

[1] Toler, Stan. God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times. Colorado Springs, CO.  David C. Cook Distribution. 2009.

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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